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Part 6: New business trends in '07

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(This is Part 6 of a six-part series. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.) Our last five articles have examined the demographic, digital, economic and Web trends will influence your business in 2007. Today's article examines six more trends that will affect your business now.  #16: Transparency Perhaps the most profound change in the industry is the shift from the brokers to the clients having control of the transaction. Our privacy has virtually disappeared. If you want to determine the past history of a doctor, a worker in your home or just about anyone else, visit ChoicePoint and check out the services they provide. The one that is most relevant to real estate transactions is the CLUE database. CLUE provides a listing of insurance claims on every property in the United States. Buyers have the option of making their sale contingent upon the CLUE report, but it's important to note that only the owner of the property can obtain the report. This is a powerful tool for ...